Elephant caparisons none,
their enormous bodies cast black shadows.
Trunks stretch out
to pulling and plucking pleasures.
A grizzled tusker thrusts
its tusks into the mud wall of a rural shrine;
vacuous chants, vamoose.
People are in panic,
dash along dissimilar byways.
A young terrorist is trapped
in the tangle of mammoth legs, and trampled;
not brain, but some cruel seeds
with Afgan patent lie scattered around his skull.
bulwark is bulldozed.
A coconut leaf
is flung at electric wires; fear sparks.
The herd of havoc
uproots a banana farmer’s dream’s corms.
forage in the toxic farms.
A rusted pesticide sprayer
is flattened under the gigantic foot.
*Kumkis and crackers
drive the elephants away.
They will come back,
for villages grow into woods.
as they lose habitats.
*Kumki – an elephant used to train or drive away wild elephants.
Background - increasing wild elephant raids on human habitats in Kerala State, India.